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School of Coastal Resilience

Building Resilient Communities and Individuals

More than 3.4 billion people, some 44% of the world’s population, live within one hundred miles of a coast. In the United States alone, 65 million people reside in coastal counties where virtually every facet of life, be it economic, political, social, cultural, or beyond, is impacted in some fashion by coastal climates, weather events, environments, ecologies. Coastal resilience matters to us all.

The School of Coastal Resilience is home to over thirty research and teaching faculty in the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and humanities. Our research and teaching interests encompass coastal processes, ecology, and geography; environmental history, literature, film, policy, and ethics; environmental protection and social justice; sustainability studies and education; in short, all matters that impact human well-being and ecosystem vitality in coastal regions. 

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Our Programs

Coastal Resilience faculty support several Arts and Sciences degree programs that are available at both the Gulf Park and Hattiesburg campuses--Biological Sciences, Geography, Mathematics, English, History, Philosophy, Spanish, Political Science, and Criminal Justice. Two new undergraduate degree programs at are only obtainable at Gulf Park: Sustainability Studies Bachelor of Arts, and Sustainability Sciences (Coastal System Dynamics) Bachelor of Science.

News & Events

USM Faculty Complete Gulf Scholars Program Curriculum Workshops. (February 8, 2023)

USM Coastal Resilience Faculty Receive Environmental Justice Grant. (December 12, 2022)

Southern Miss Joins Second Cohort of Gulf Scholars Program. (October 6, 2022)

USM to Participate in the Gulf Scholars Program of the National Academies. (October 6, 2022)

New Courses Offered in Sustainability, beginning Fall 2022.

Students Earn Awards for Essays as Part of ‘The Mississippi Everyday Heroisms Project’. (June 2, 2022)

New Interdisciplinary Projects Planned for Community-Engaged Research Initiative. (June 29, 2022)

Black History Lecture:  “Coastal Resistance and Coastal Resilience: Black History in the Mississippi Gulf South”, presented by Dr. Owen James Hyman. (February 22, 2022)

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School of Coastal Resilience

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730 East Beach Blvd
Long Beach, MS 39560 

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Over 30 faculty 13 different disciplines


In 2020-2021, faculty published 5 books, 6 peer-reviewed book chapters, 11 peer-reviewed articles or creative productions, and 56 other scholarly works. 


International development has more than 60 doctoral students in training.